Star Tortoise Does'nt Eat

by dhiya
(Port Dickson, Malaysia)

Please help me, why my star tortoise does'nt want to eat. Her age is about 5 month. She only sleeping all the day and only eat very2 little. When i'm buying her, she is aggresive and love to eat but now, she don't want to eat.

I'm very worried about that. please help me. thanks

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Apr 17, 2020
Indian Star tortoise illness
by: Sujay Joshi

I have a indian star tortoise which is 3 years old... so we consulted a vet(not expert) But the He is now not opening his eyes from 4 days and have not eaten from 4 days. I'm trying everything but he is not opening his eyes. I feel like he has got weak as havent eaten anything. What to do now? Please help me. I want him to be well like before. I love him very much. Please someone help !

Reply from Shelly

You need to see a real vet, an expert.

Keep it slow and steady.

Sep 19, 2018
Star tortoise not eating/drinking since 18 hours
by: Mudit

I have a 6 years old star tortoise.From yesterday evening he/she is not eating anything.I tried soaking in luke warm water but it walks out of the tray.It bobbleheads in front of the food and walks away from the food.Mostly rests at his commonplace and if I put him in front of food he again walks to his commonplace and rests.
The habitat is kind of natural.Sunlight is directly available and the space is abundant with plenty of plants under which he can hide or take shelter and can feel cool during day times.
temperature is around 90 F.

Sep 18, 2018
Baby female star tortoise
by: Anonymous

I bought two baby tortoise one male and female tortoise but male tortoise is active and eating but female tortoise is not active and not eating and sleeping continuely

Sep 12, 2018
Indian Star Tortoise
by: Riya Sharma

Hello Sir/Ma'am. I've an Indian Star Tortoise. He's 11 years old. Uptil August 2018 he used to eat daily and also used to drink water but from August end he has stopped eating and he continues to sleep whole day and after a week he wakes up for a minute just roam a bit and again he sleeps.
Please help me I'm really worried about him. I love him alot and I hope nothing should happen to him.

Aug 11, 2018
baby tourtoise dosen't eat
by: Prajakta Pawar

brought a star tortoise 2/3 days back,it is not eating but it is roming active some and sleeping a lot of time.i was afraid that it is not eating

Jun 22, 2018
star tortoise
by: akhil

i brought a female star tortoise 1 week back,it is not eating but it is roming active some and sleeping a lot of time.i was afraid that it is not eating

May 23, 2018
by: Anonymous

I have a indian star tortoise I bought him to my house 2 days ago but he doesn’t eat anything or drink water,what should i do?

May 14, 2018
My star tortoise candy
by: Janice

My star tortoise doesn't eat from many days and also not going to the bathroom plz help me plz

Apr 13, 2018
Vet time
by: Shelly

Take this animal to a vet as soon as possible.

Keep it slow and steady.

Apr 13, 2018
My star tortoise not eat
by: Rohan

I have 5 month old tortoise..but not eat any levs & veg.. & also till sliping.. plz need help

Feb 06, 2018
My star tortoise not eating anything
by: Anonymous

Hi... I have a new small star tortoise. From one week he is not eating anything and also he is not able to open his eyes. Please give the suggestions.

Shelly replies:

This animal needs to see a veterinarian.

Jan 06, 2018
18months old tortoise found alive after 3 month
by: KK

I have a pair of star tortoise nd few small ones .. one of the 18months old got buried under soil for around 3months .. I found it before a day nd it’s not eating .. it’s trying to move BT I thing it’s too weak . What should I do .. I keep him in sunlight for around 4hours Nd 30mints in water

Dec 16, 2017
tortoise getting ill cold
by: Anonymous

Star tortoise dont like touching frequently,
Dont soak them in water frequently, do it once a month,
For bathing soak in lukewarm water keep level till lower part of shell , for 2 mins only
avoid soaking in water in winter n rainly.
keep a basking light for 24 hrs a 40volt bulb 30 cm above his shelter.
Keep a resting burrow ,
Give him a proper captivity,
Never feed tortoise refrigerated food, avoid cucumber tomatoes in winter.

Dec 13, 2017
star turtle not eating
by: Anonymous

i had 2 star turtle, one died as othr one used to bite him a lot. nbefore that other one was very active, and used to eat and roam. now after first one died, other one has stopped eating, for many days to days he is not eating anything, please help. i am keeping him in sunlight also, and also give all greeen leafy vegies to eat, still dont eat

Aug 11, 2017
by: Anonymous

It's been 2 months since my tortoise ate anything,it used to drink lots of water everyday but now it has stopped drinking water since we started putting medicine in it, I've got no idea about what to do, please give me some solution as soon as possible.
Thank you :)

Jul 23, 2017
tortoise not eating
by: anonymous

Your animal is very sick and should see a reptile vet. It may need intravenous feeding.

It absolutely needs sunlight (not through a window) several hours each day. It also needs access to shade so it can regulate its body temperature.

Most important, it needs medical attention.

Jul 21, 2017
my star tortoise is sik
by: pooja rathore

I have a star female totoise. Is nothing to eat last 15 days what to do plzzz help me plzzz

Jul 06, 2017
Sick pet
by: Shelly

I am so sorry your pet is very ill.

I can't say exactly what is wrong, but what you describe is a very sick animal. If possible, see a reptile vet.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jul 05, 2017
Indian star tortoise behaving weird
by: namanbohra

So I have a indian star tortoise which is 18 months old. We keep it in our home and take him outside for 2-3 hours a day. Till here everything was fine. But a week ago, he got swell on his leg so we consulted a vet(not expert) and he injected some medicine. But the swell got worse and he injected 2 more injections which changed everything. He is now not opening his eyes from 4 days and have not eaten from 4 days. I'm trying everything but he is not opening his eyes. I feel like he has got weak as havent eaten anything. What to do now? Please help me. I want him to be well like before. I love him very much. Please someone help !

Apr 13, 2017
Need to see vet
by: Anonymous

Star tortoise need sunlight to build its immune system. If persist with puffy eyes, pls get it to see a vet doctor and get antibiotic

Mar 12, 2017
Star tortoise not eating
by: Anonymous

Our star tortoise is not eating food and inactive from last 2 months plzzzzzz help

Feb 01, 2017
tortoise nit eating any thing
by: Anonymous

ma indian star tortoise is not eating any thing from last 15 days plzzz help me

Feb 01, 2017
by: Anonymous

My star tortoise is not eating from last 5 days, if I have to take her to the vet. Can you please suggest one in Thane.

Jan 24, 2017
Baby star tortoise not eating
by: Anonymous

My star baby tortoise not eating anything from last 8 days....his eyes are puffy ....and he is having running nose...i m very worried

Jan 13, 2017
star tort doesn't eat
by: Anonymous

star tort doesnt eat but is active in sunlight ..however when left in the sunlight always goes to eat bird/ squirrel poop..and also has some bubbles come out of his nose...hasnt eastern properly for the past 4 days...however the weather has gotten much cooler since last 10 days...pls help

Dec 28, 2016
Vet visit
by: Shelly

Please take this animal to a vet as soon as possible.

Keep it slow and steady.

Dec 28, 2016
indian star tortise not eating properly since15 days and bubbles coming of nose.
by: Anonymous

Indian star tortoise not eating properly since15 days and bubbles coming of nose.can any1 help me about this

Dec 17, 2016
female star tortoise
by: Anonymous

I have male n female but my male is active n rome every where in house but my female eats well but sleeps a lot n doesn't move a step then her original palace where ever I kept I don't know y she do that n is not growing up as comper to male

Aug 26, 2016
by: Shelly

This requires an emergency trip to the vet.

Keep it slow and steady.

Aug 24, 2016
star tortise not eating since 4.5 days and bubbles coming of nose.
by: Anonymous

My star tortise is not eating sine 4/5 days. ALSO Bubbles coming out from nose .

What should i do ..
Is it serious.

Pls help..

Jul 27, 2016
my baby tortoise will not eat
by: jenny

What can i do my baby tortoise will not eat nothing

Jul 14, 2016
sick animal
by: Shelly

You need to take this animal to a vet for a full check up.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jul 13, 2016
tortoise not eating food
by: luv pradhan

hey plz help me i really in need my indian star tortoise baby is eating very little and it sleeps while walking and he is very lethargic. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME.My contact no is 9833798736

Jun 27, 2016
my tortise nt eating food
by: Anonymous


plz help me..
My tortise is not eating food from last 3 days.when I was brought tortise that time he eating food .now a days he nt eating food please give me some instruction please.

Jun 06, 2016
Helpless plz plz help me
by: Anonymous

My tortoise is not eating any thing more than 15days she has became very week but she is drinking water what should I do plzzz help me..
And Let me know what is the problem with my star tortoise..

Feb 12, 2016
Star tortoise
by: Shama

My tortoise Is new in house he is nt eating from last 2 days.. What I should do Plzz help me plzzzz..

Jan 28, 2016
White Patches And not eating the food
by: sarim

My tortoise is not eating food and drink .
And he/she get the white patches or other white type stain on his/ her

Please tell what can I do is this harmful for his/her.

Oct 30, 2015
Star Tortoise not eating
by: Annonymous

1. Make sure the temperature is good for your tortoise.

2. Make sure your tortoise gets at least 8 hours in direct sunshine each day (not through a window). If you can't do direct sunshine, you need proper tortoise lighting.

3. Make sure your tortoise is eating enough calcium.

If you are doing all this, and the tortoise is not well, see a vet immediately.

Oct 30, 2015
My tortoise is not eating and he or she very dull
by: Shalini

My tortoise is very dull I found his age is 3 . last 10 day's he is not eating any thing . I am worried about him . what happened his city and weather is change. Now winter is coming .earlier he never face the winter. Please tell me should I do . I am tense.

Jul 04, 2015
Tortoise not eating
by: Anonymous

Your tortoise should be soaking in water every day. The water should come only to the base of the shell. This tortoise also needs to see a veterinarian.

Jul 04, 2015
by: chirag

My tortoise does not eat or drink water so what should i do help me

Apr 02, 2015
star tortoise is not eating anything
by: tanvi

My star tortoise is not eating anything since 2 days n keeps sleeping all day...m too worried. ..plz help

Mar 26, 2015
tortois rescue
by: Arshad

I have a male one & he dosn't eat/drink any thing i am so worrid about that plzz tell me what can i do for him...plzzzz plzzz...

Feb 11, 2015
Runny nose and not eating anything
by: Sid

I have a 2 year old star turtle, it has runny nose, I keep her in sunlight and water as well to soak, can anyone suggest me medicine name or any nutrient food for her, I really don't trust VETS, but if you know anybody good in Pune, Maharashtra, India will be helpful, thanx....

Jan 25, 2015
Plz plz help me
by: Saiee

I m new in tortoise world n my baby female not eating,drinking n roaming in house...just sleeping on place plz help me urgently

Jan 16, 2015
by: suresh

My star tortoise Dnt eat past two days and it not going to bathroom also I Dnt know what will do please help me
Two days past I had change my house bcz of festival

Pls help me

Nov 15, 2014
My baby tortoises is doesn't eating
by: Anonymous

What can I do my tortoises he and she is not eating both are very small what can i do please help me please give me and as soon as possible

Nov 13, 2014
star tortosie not eating
by: Shelly

Read the rest of this thread. Have you checked everything suggested? If not, do that first. Then, if nothing else works, find a veterinarian.

Keep it slow and steady.

Nov 04, 2014
female star tortoise not eating
by: Anonymous

Hi, i am having a male and female star tortoise. male is eating well when it is offered food. but female is not eating. today i fed her orange slice and she eat very well. I understand juicy fruits are not good for her. Please help how to make her eat leafy vegetables. thanks in advance.

Oct 31, 2014
Sick Tortoise
by: Shelly

Your tortoise is very sick and needs to see a veterinarian.

Keep it slow and steady.

Oct 26, 2014
My star turtle not eating anything
by: Anonymous

I am from India.
I have 4 years old star turtle and from last few days he is not eating anything. He is sleeping every time. Can same one tell me the medicine for him.

Oct 09, 2014
tortoise not eating food and sleeping
by: rama

tortoise not eating food, sleeping, very dull

Jul 28, 2014
my tortoise can't eating .
by: mayur patel

my tortoise can't eating,why please help me .it is very small. 5 day's to go but he is can't eating.

Jul 17, 2014
My Star Tortoise Male is not eating by himself... Please help
by: Anonymous


My star male tortoise is not eating any food by himself. He needs to feeds everytime.If i dont feed him he remains hungry but dont eat of his own and also move from one place to another quite often. I have also visited VET, According to him he is habituated to it. He said don't make habit of feeding.

I would like to know , what is wrong with my tortoise, why he is not eating by his own. Is there any problem with him?? or he is lazy ??.

Please help me with your suggestions.

Jun 23, 2014
sick star tortoise
by: Anonymous

You have a very sick star tortoise. It should see a vet as soon as possible. It is not possible on the Internet to say how many things may be wrong, but a tortoise that is not walking or eating properly is seriously ill. You MUST continue feeding it. Also, keep putting it in water to soak. (Water that comes to the bottom of the shell.) Be sure it is getting sunlight or a special UVB light. After that, see a vet.

Jun 21, 2014
My star tortoise(Male) is not eating by himself.
by: Anonymous

My star tortoise(Male) is not eating by himself.
He needs to feed everyday, Whenever i feed him he eats but he don't eat by himself. He don't even walk like my other tortoise.
Please suggest

May 30, 2014
Trouble with turtles
by: Anonymous

You have to separate these two right away to protect the one that is not sick already. If you don't, it will also become ill and die.

Do take the sick one to the vet right away, too. This animal needs medication.

May 30, 2014
Vet time.
by: Anonymous


First, you probably have a turtle, not a star tortoise.

Second, the sick one must see a vet right away. Otherwise both will be sick and die.

May 30, 2014
baby tortoise is not consuming anything
by: sunny

I bought a pair of tortoise this month i mean 2 tortoise thats male and female , when i brought them to my home they both were good and consuming food too, but a week later one of the tortoise stop taking food from last 3 weeks plz help and advice me why it is not taking food, his health is too eeak its just lying on top of the water and for every minute it is just enlarging its neck and opening his mouth plz advice me why this is happening due to high sunny day or something else and one more thing my tortoise colour is green in colour,thanks

May 27, 2014
Need help urgently!!!
by: Anonymous

My star tortise is about 7 yrs old. It had cold fr a very long time, runny nose n bubbles coming out of the nose. It has stopped eating totally for more than a week. Also drinks very less water. What could be causing this n what should i do? Pls help

May 13, 2014
Torotise Help in India
by: kustom hackers

Contact me anytime for anyhelp related to Star tortoise .
And no its not because of climate . I too belong to india . There may be some reasons why she is not eating .
1. Because she might be new in ur house
2. Some other tortoise might be new in ur house.
3. If you took her out and she wants to go out again.
4. She is bored eating old food.
So just leave her alone for 1 week and see will be fine

Email address removed because of spam bots.

May 12, 2014
turtle not having food
by: akash

my indian star tortoise is not having food from few day.....she haves her food bt in very less quantity......itz summer here in is it becaz of this sunny weather? or do i need to meditate her?

Feb 17, 2014
by: Anonymous

Just wait for 1 2 days and if she doesnt eat then youvhave to give her medicines for it. If you want the name of the stuff. Thrn just mail me. Ill reply.

Owned 5 star tortoise for 4 years
email address removed

Feb 17, 2014
tortoise not or eating very less...
by: darvin 1912

my torty I guess I 1 year apprx. she is active sometimes or sleepy many times but she know the changes in climate. if they feel hot...they will be awake but not active and vice a versa (I have observed this).but this lil tantrum queen demand new thing every day...loves to share my blanket n wants to sleep on ma bed! I leave her in tree planters in sun but only 15 mins...(coz stay in flats no enough sunlight) she is becoming choosy....n yes I do give her warm water bath mostly everyday(in private...shes shy) in india its winter so she loves sleeping .....but eating is making me tense!!!!!!!!!!! she eats very very less n I don't have any herps near by.....plz help

Nov 20, 2013
@ answer to buble in nose...
by: Anonymous

see these days in winter . tortoise might have cold and even cough. they are not pon to desease but they can get cold and cough . The signs are as follows : bubbles in nose
water comming out of nose
and doesnt eat in after stages
to stop this u need to keep him in sun every dae in winter u can also buy a uvb sun spot .
and also buy him some nutrient food.

Have 5 Star tortoise as pet from about 3 years
selling tortoise stuff from last 2 years

Nov 19, 2013
bubble from nose
by: Anonymous

Bubbles from the nose is extremely serious. Get to a vet asap. Also, raise the temperature one or two degrees.

Nov 08, 2013
not well
by: Anonymous

My baby Star tortoise is blowing bubbles out of his nose...after evry fews minseconds ..wat shud i do??feelng vry worried for him

Aug 21, 2013
by: Anonymous

My indian star tot sykwalker is not eating he ate the first 2days now he refuses to eat
Iv been soaking them plus keeping them out in sunshine during the day ..iv been feeding them lettuce,hibiscus leaves and flowers,spinach and coriander ....
What should I do ...I'm super stressed...

Aug 03, 2013
Please help me

i have 3 indian starbox tortoise... none of them drank a sip of water from 2 years. they eat cucmber and sleep.. i searched on internet that they drink water first i thought they dont but have a doubt

Jul 15, 2013
my baby star tortoise is not eating
by: nikita

i bought 2 star tortoise 4 dAEz bck one of them is not eating bt he roams all around plz help i live in india ..n plz do tell me how to take care of these tiny one's they are 2 to 3" long n what to feed them to keep them healthy

Mar 04, 2012
Urgent Help Needed!
by: Mrinal

From the past week my Indian Star Tortoise has stopped eating food. He has also become very lazy & today he passed a greenish urine. Also, he has reduced urinating & does it very rarely. I keep him in water twice a day but I don't see him drinking water nowadays. He just wants to come out of the water.

Dec 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

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Nov 28, 2011
Dont eat any food my indian star tortoise
by: Jinendra

On 24/11/2011 i buy new indian star tortoise
24 to 26 he eat many food eat lots of food but from 26/11/1011 they dont eat any food.
what i do for this please help me please.

Jul 04, 2011
feeding a tortoise
by: Anonymous

Your tortoise needs sunlight. that's direct sunlihgt, not light through the window. It needs LOTS fo sunlight.

It needs to soak in warm -- not hot -- water every day.

It needs to eat the food that's good for it. That would be NO fruit. Lots of grass. NO protein from animals and little protein from plants.

Jul 04, 2011
doesnot eat
by: toto

my baby tortoise does not eat at all..
i have tried each and everything.:(
but he's not only interested in eating.plz suggest me what shud i do?

Jul 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

Soak your tortoise.

Jun 13, 2010
Star Tortoise Doesn't Eat
by: Mits

Hi All,

I am new to tortoise world and need serious help ...
I bought a Indian Star Tortoise 2 days before but it is not eating anything and not even drinking water .. do not know what should I do?
what should be ambient temperature for him (its a mail) ? These days its warm and room temperature is around 36 degreeC, Is this high/low/okay?

Feb 15, 2010
Star Tortoise Not Eating
by: Tania

Brionni, i am having the same problem. I got mine on Friday (3 days ago). On the way home and for the first 24 hours he/she ate like crazy, wondered, etc.
But now he/she just hides in the corner and doesn't do anything. He/she doesn't seem to want to eat, drink, anything.

Is he/she ok?
Should i be worried?
Is it just settling?
Do i need another to keep this one company?
or is something wrong?

Any advice is needed.

Jan 09, 2010
by: Brionni

on the first few days they wont do very much bu when they get to know you they will be more active I know this because I've got a horsfield even though shes eight months.

Dec 21, 2009
Glad to help
by: Shelly

I'm so glad your tortoise is doing better!

It would be great to see her in the brag book. You can see that at

Keep it slow and steady.

Dec 21, 2009
okey thanks, she is active now
by: Anonymous

i built a terrarium and leave her outside so that she have so much time to enjoy the sunlight like your advice, thanks to that now she active again.

Thank you so much...

Dec 20, 2009
Star Tortoise
by: Shelly

A star tortoise does not usually do well inside.

It is absolutely necessary for your tortoise to be in direct sunlight for at least 8 hours every day.

The calcium is important.

Dec 18, 2009
RE: Star tortoise does'nt Eat
by: dhiya

Thanks for your comment (sorry if my English is bad)
Some info about my tortoise -:

1. i gave my tortoise green vegetable such as mustard at morning and evening, there no addition on vitamin and calcium on her diet, i'm afraid to add because she is to small and will result overdose of calcium

2. every two days i will give my tortoise access to sunlight

3.there is also small pool so that she can soak herself.

4.My room temperature is about 36 celsius/ 95 F so i don't think i need a heater

How i want to make her active and eat again...

Thanks again

Dec 18, 2009
Star Tortoise not eating
by: Shelly

1. What are you feeding your tortoise?

2. Does your tortoise get lots of sunlight each day?

3. Does your tortoise have calcium in its diet?

Keep it slow and steady.

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